It did not yield that final. Muguruza predicted a fast-paced final. 1 and 2. Each has lost one set. Plus, when serving herself, she didn't use the body serve enough and, in truth, she struggled more and more with her service game.
She will sit down with her coach to go through the match, to look at why she had so few chances to get a foothold in the match. "We both have very aggressive games", said Muguruza, 23. The 18-time Grand Slam champion was visibly frustrated with his inconsistency, yet came up with critical first serves and sublime winners at important moments in the match. Sure, she could continue to play with an energy-sapping physical condition, but most people doubted if she could ever compete again at the highest level.
"All the names that I read on the honours board, I know all of them". I have one more match that I'd like to be the victor of.
Venus and Muguruza have played each other four times before and the American has won three of them, but they have never before played on grass. Williams of course skipped the grass warm-up events but has a natural ease on the surface and her record here needs no explanation.
Today's highlights include the women's singles and women's doubles finals (though in both cases, the All England Club still refers to top female athletes as ladies).
Earning a sixth Wimbledon title, nine years after she last lifted the Venus Rosewater Dish, must have seemed like an impossible dream for Williams when she battled an autoimmune disease that left her worn out and threatened to force her out of tennis. "The previous times, you know, you're so concentrated that you can not enjoy as well", said Muguruza on Friday.
"If you felt it before, it's really helpful". Two years ago, when she reached the final, she had found an unstoppable Serena and had surrendered her dreams of winning the title, abjectly. Petra Kvitova's brilliance has been sporadic since she won Wimbledon that year, her repeat triumph in 2014 being distinctly isolated before the terrible assault last year.
"I don't think it's going to be different". It was a total disaster. She sounded every bit the woman who had been through the troughs and crests that make the roller-coaster of sport, as indeed life. "I like to think it's working for me".
I had a lot of issues. "I'll want to try to continue to play like I have in all these matches that I've played so far", Venus said, adding that she hadn't watched the Spaniard play at Wimbledon. Obviously [Steffi] Graf. Was definitely a huge [Monica] Seles fan. "So those are my memories". "It's a big deal, I love this tournament". He was playing big. "When I'm on the court and I haven't had enough sleep, I just feel sluggish".